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Socrates, who is considered the first moral philosopher and the founder of Western philosophy, lived when the alphabet was first introduced to Greece. He famously declined to write anything down, so all of the teaching we have from him...

Stewart Ebersole

When we think of a Christian’s devotional life, we likely think of the time that a Christian spends reading the Bible, meditating, and praying. This worship time may include journaling, singing, and fasting. New Christians are...

Lyndon Burkholder

Isaiah 40:31 is a favorite Bible verse for many people because of God’s promise to give weary people strength to continue on. But what exactly does it mean to wait upon the Lord? I like the Amplified definition, in brackets: But they...

Llewellyn Martin

Take a close look at the little boy in this picture. Cute isn’t he? Nestled there in the “parent’s” arms, he looks secure and content.

What do we know about...

Steve Ebersole

The concept of obedience is very familiar to us. We were all supposed to have been taught this at a young age. But yet we need reminders, and succeeding generations will keep arising that need these concepts taught and reinforced....

David Sweigart

In Psalm 133 we have two beautiful word pictures of unity in the brotherhood. It is true, however, that the word pictures written here are somewhat obscure to us. None of us were present when Aaron was anointed to initiate his...

Virgil Heisey

“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me” (1Co 4:15,16). June is the month of Father...

Joe Weaver

What is a conviction?
Some will say it is no more than a personal opinion. Others define it as something for which you will be willing to die; any other position is simply a preference. Some teach that convictions are based on...

Aaron Fox

It is better to put trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (Psa 118:8).
Why is it better to put trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man? God is always faithful. He is always trustworthy. Many a morning, as we...

Keith Weaver

God is our loving Father Who created us and made the whole universe. When man sinned, He made a way for us to come back to Him. He loved us so much He sent Jesus His son to die for our sins. His son rose on His own power and offers us...

Will Taylor

*The following article may not be suitable for everyone and is geared towards people that currently listen to secular or contemporary Christian music. The evil I encountered while writing this makes me shiver and it was tough to know...

Leallen M Zimmerman

Do we have a vision for helping the lost to find Jesus? Then we should continue in active pursuit of souls. We should do all we can to win them to the Lord. There are many opportunities and ways to reach out to the lost.
Our...

Virgil Heisey

There are a few things that all humanity has in common. One of these is mothers. While we all have a mother in a biological sense, not all of us “have” a mother in the same way. For some of us, our mothers have already passed on; others...

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Psalm 97:1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. We read it and easily move on without much consideration. But a moment’s thought raises all sorts of difficulties.
Does the Lord...

Stanley R. Martin

Respect for the sanctity of life is the belief that human life is sacred and God-given, and therefore must be highly valued. This is a relevant topic in the world and also in our churches. Our society has spent much time and money...

Jason Sensenig

Understanding the three days and three nights of Matthew 12:40
We know He rose on Sunday, the first day of the week. Glorious resurrection! What a manifestation of God’s power! All the hopes of mankind were dependent on that...

Vernon J. Martin

It was a Friday afternoon, and the priests were busy getting ready for the afternoon sacrifice. It wasn’t a normal Friday afternoon sacrifice; today was the Passover. The priests were preparing for the customary 3 o’clock sacrifice to...

Llewellyn Martin

The section of our Decrees entitled “Christian Virtues” has a history of its own. There is value in understanding how our current version arrived to where it is now.

Christian Virtues first appeared as a part of an official...

Steve Ebersole

Humanism is Satanic driven—essentially glorifying man in defiance of God. Humanism is an “easy” flip of Truth, in our easy-to-live, fun-filled, pleasure-mad, financially-driven, entitlement-minded, cancel culture society. Humanism...

Edwin Eby

But he, desiring to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment and wounded him and...

Nelson Nolt

“The Bible says to greet one another with a holy kiss,” she said. The rest of us sitting around the table smiled. We were sitting in an ice cream shop in Cleveland, Ohio. We had wrapped up an outreach activity for a Christian student...

Campbell Fitzhugh

Before the recent election transpired, I happened across a newspaper article reporting the predictions of several well-known present-day evangelists. Each evangelist had a special “word from the Lord” that the former president would...

Steve Ebersole

“Trump is asking all Christians to pray as he goes before the Supreme Court.”
Have you seen any announcements like this? Maybe a friend posted it on WhatsApp or sent it via text. Maybe some friends were talking about it at church...

Weston Auker

The current Covid-19 pandemic has provoked the world to respond in ways unprecedented in this generation. State governments are shutting down schools and churches, forcing businesses to close, and asking citizens not to leave their...

Steve Long

Many people mistakenly use the words Testament and Covenant interchangeably and synonymously. These words, in fact, have quite different meanings in the original Hebrew Biblical context. Someone has said that theology is the art of...

Edwin R Eby

2020 will be etched in our minds for years. It felt like things were forced on us in a way we never previously experienced. We were forced to wear masks. Forced to stay at home. Forced to have church at home. In numerous cities across...

Llewellyn Martin

We live in a day when it seems end time prophecies are coming to pass. The Book of Revelation reveals many stressful conditions that will come to pass during a time known as the Great Tribulation. In the Old Testament, that time is...

Selected

What do you believe about child evangelism? How do you answer the person who is thrilled about their son or daughter receiving the Lord at a very young age? What do we believe? It is very important what we believe because it will play...

Sherwin Weaver

What was the wise man Solomon thinking as he penned these words many years ago? “Ponder the path of thy feet.” To ponder means to stop and view with deliberation. What are we to deliberate? The path of our feet! Why?
Every person...

Steve Zook

“Oh, he reads everything he can get hold of—novels, story papers, sea voyages, robber exploits, pirate yarns, and everything to make him discontented with his home, sick of his work, and ready for any sort of crazy adventure.”
...

Herald of Truth

Choice is a powerful word. It comes into play when we are given the opportunity to select between two or more options. We can declare our independence from the control or input of others by our choices. We make many choices in any given...

Myron G Martin

Covid-19 has brought a new term, unheard of even one year ago – social distancing. But the concept was not new. All through the ages, people at times distanced themselves from others for a variety of reasons. But distance can have some...

Luke Bennetch

Christmas! The annual commemoration of Jesus’ birth, Christmas, has been celebrated for hundreds of years. The mere thought of Christmas likely brings many different thoughts to your mind. Perhaps you are looking forward to the family...

Kirby Witmer

“The media doesn’t have the authority to call the election.”
“Trump is asking all Christians to pray as the Supreme Court deliberates over election results.”
“Did you know that Siri will say that Kamala Harris is President...

Lyndon Burkholder

The Bible tells us many times about worshiping idols and not making graven images. How does that apply to us today? We all understand that an idol can be anything that distracts us from the God that we give a lot of our time to. Let’s...

Will Taylor

The theme of a high priest is found in various places in the Scriptures. In both the Testaments, we can see references to a high priest, and yet in the book of Hebrews, we read of the Ultimate High Priest; Jesus Christ. After He came on...

Virgil Heisey

It is Sunday morning again in November 2020. We awake with a totally different feeling than we have in the last six days. We are going to church. We will dress in our Sunday best. We will limit the work we do to only what is absolutely...

Steve Zook

A good conversation is one of the few things that is universally enjoyed. It is the cornerstone that forms the foundation of our friendships. While the subjects discussed vary from person to person, we will spend and enjoy hours in deep...

Stewart Ebersole

Life comes at us at ever-increasingly higher speeds. There are daily duties, job responsibilities, church meetings, mission opportunities, and family and social activities. Was life meant to be this busy? How do we decide what we...

Nelson Sensenig

And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house,...

Steve Zook

Teachers have a desire for their students to remember what they teach long after the lessons are taught. They hope that the day-to-day lessons will stick in the children’s minds so that they can use that knowledge later in life for work...

Will Taylor

The title could give the impression that a Christian could be different in an election year than other off-election years. That is not the intent. Instead, in the time of national elections, Christians face extra pressure to become...

Dave Sweigart

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2Ti 1:7).
Solid rational thinking does not happen by accident. Sound thinking requires feeding our minds on good things, and then...

Sim Yoder

The term nonconformity is a Biblical term derived from the Scripture be not conformed to this world, as found in Romans 12:2. The word conformed comes from the same Greek word that is translated “fashioning” in I Peter 1:14, where Peter...

Aaron Shank

An Incredible, Unspoiled Garden
In the beginning of the Biblical narrative, Divinity creates a dazzling garden. He names it Eden and saw that it was good. In all its fancy, in every spray of color, in every sound of peace, in...

Edwin R Eby

Our lives are built-on relationships. We have them in school, at church, during our work, and with God. The list could keep going. We all will keep learning more and more about what it takes to have better relationships as long as the...

Jason Weaver

We have a blessed practice in our churches that many likely take for granted. We begin our services in reverence and silence. We enter the sanctuary and sit quietly, stilling our soul as we prepare to worship together. But it is...

Steve Long

July has been an exciting month for stargazers. The comet NEOWISE was first discovered on March 27, 2020 by an earth-orbiting space telescope. By July 2020, this ball of ice, rock and dust was near enough to earth and bright enough to...

Stanley R. Martin

BE AWARE – We are very focus driven, typically speaking, and want to get the jobs done that we have set out to do. We need to be aware of people around us that may need a listening ear or someone to share with. Make it a habit to look...

Nolan Martin

On July 4th, our nation will celebrate two-hundred and forty-four years of declaring freedom from the King of England. Early patriots felt the king was oppressive and taxed the colonist too much. They wanted to be a free nation. So, in...

Glendon Horst

Based on a sermon given at Hephzibah Mennonite Church on October 30, 2016.
If the title were “Why I Chose to Be a Conservative Mennonite,” I would probably say, “Because my parents taught me and led me in that direction.” Or...

Tim Myers

Former Vice President Al Gore wrote a book titled “An Inconvenient Truth.” The book’s theme was the urgent crisis of climate change. He urged the world to act on the inconvenient truth that we must take the difficult steps to correct...

Joe Weaver

The term nonconformity is a Biblical term derived from the Scripture be not conformed to this world, as found in Romans 12:2. The word conformed comes from the same Greek word that is translated fashioning in I Peter 1:14, where Peter...

Aaron M Shank

There is a tremendous need for warnings against the accumulation of wealth in the affluent society in which we live. During Jesus’ day, wealth and riches were very prevalent as well, although perhaps on a different scale. Jesus was...

Lyndon Rosenberry

Some questions frequently asked in our day are: Which translation of the Bible should we use? Which translation is best for our churches? Shouldn’t we use a translation of the Bible that people can easily understand? Is it right to read...

Will Taylor

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the...

Weston Auker

What is Covid-19? It is said to be a particularly dangerous strain of Coronavirus, which first appeared in China in November of 2019. It is believed to be a novel virus, never before seen on earth, which means no one is immune to it,...

Steve Zook

Why all the doubleness in the world? Why has hypocrisy been a perennial human problem? Why do human beings settle for less than genuine? Why is the Church especially sensitive to charges of hypocrisy? Why do individuals wear masks? Why...

None selected Chester Weaver Jr

In our world, today, loneliness is an epidemic. According to recent surveys, nearly half of Americans aged 18 and older report they sometimes or are always feeling alone or left out.1 One in four Americans rarely or never feel as though...

David Sweigart

We are in the upheaval of what many are calling a global pandemic. COVID-19 is claiming lives. Anxiety, dread, and fear are present in the hearts of many. Financial markets are teetering. This global pandemic dominates the news...

Stanley R. Martin

It began for many of us like a rather normal year. There was the usual anticipation of spring and summer. Suddenly it seems our world has become a quandary of unknowns, and a frantic search for facts and reason. We have witnessed flu...

Jerry Wadel

As I look back on my school teaching experiences, many memories run through my mind. Teaching school was probably one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had; but it was also one of the most rewarding. There are rewards that a...

Keith Gingerich

The prophet Isaiah foretold that Jesus’ visage and body would be marred more than that of any man in history (Isaiah 52:14). As an Emergency Medicine medical provider who is Advanced Trauma Life Support certified and who frequently...

Curvin Gordon

Twenty years ago on February 7, 2000, a teary-eyed group was gathered in Florida around a big yellow school bus. The time had come for the Philip Ebersole family to leave for Honduras, and the church family had come to see them off. I—...

Loren Ebersole

Most children are born with a seemingly insatiable desire for knowledge. Their favorite words are why and how. As they grow older, they realize that in school, they will learn to find their own answers to their questions. Day after day...

David Witmer

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. So begins Matthew’s account of Jesus’ public ministry.
“We believe and confess that, since the imagination of man’s heart is evil...

Campbell Fitzhugh

Recently our Plain Communities were brought to our knees as the news spread that a conservative young woman was missing in New Mexico. This is the kind of news you read about happening out there in society, amongst the debauchery of...

Jesse Hostetler

I have a few special memories of past groups of students performing exceptionally well at a Christmas or spring program. Something is inspiring about young children and high school students throwing their hearts into carefully rehearsed...

Brendon Martin

It was supposed to be a relaxing weekend at the cabin with friends from Bible school. Tucked away in the hills of Pennsylvania and back a long lane, it would seem that all the troubles of ordinary life should be easy to leave behind....

Jay Weaver

It had begun to snow again overnight, which wasn’t too surprising since it was mid-November in Alberta. It made conversation, though, and so when I handed the room key to the clerk, I mentioned how it was beginning to get white outside...

Steve Ebersole

God has many ways of preparing people for life. My school teaching experiences as a young man helped to prepare me for life and, in many ways, has shaped who I am today. Maybe God hasn’t and won’t ever call you to be a teacher, but I am...

David Musselman III

I talk to many people that are very worried the earth may be dying. There are major groups that devote themselves to proving the idea that the earth is doomed to perish. Scientists warn us daily on extreme weather patterns and melting...

Will Taylor

Every job has its unique set of challenges. Teaching is emotionally taxing, and takes mental energy. Teachers sense a need for ways to find renewal and refreshment. But teaching has daily demands, and many refreshing pursuits are hard...

Luke Bennetch

We have just taken a step over the threshold of a new year, from 2019 to 2020. What will it be like to step over the threshold from time to eternity?
We serve an eternal God. This simply means that God always was: He was before...

Steve Zook

Ruffled by Ruffles?

The English language has many words with more than one meaning which may be used as puns. The word “ruffle” is one of those puns. In one unabridged dictionary #3 definition of the word ruffle is “to disturb,...

None selected Stephen Ebersole

I received a phone call today from our local Chamber of Commerce, asking whether our congregation would consider spending some time around Christmas singing carols on the street corners among the hustle and bustle of festive shoppers....

None selected Stanley R. Martin

Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh (Matt 24:44). How we view punctuality affects us both in time and eternity.
What is punctuality? It means to be ready, prepared, on time,...

Marlin Rosenberry

In our society, there is a lot of emphasis on change. People want to change their past, their identity, and their gender. They sometimes go through extreme measures to accomplish it. As Christians, we also face a life-altering change...

Glendon Horst

How many years did you go to school? How many years are necessary? When should a child be “finished” with school? When does this become too much education? These are just several questions that can come as we consider how many grades a...

Shannon Witmer

The rise of technology has created a new problem. People are so distracted that it is placing them in physical danger, possibly even bringing death. In a distracted condition, one does not see the danger until it is too late.
Why...

None selected Will Taylor

Revival meetings have multiple benefits which will extend into eternity. Some of these benefits are due to the concentration of group efforts, such as special prayer times, invitations being given to neighbors and friends to attend, and...

None selected Sidney Gingrich

Every Wednesday, I go past a veteran’s memorial and underneath the flag is a piece of granite with these words. “A veteran: Someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check for an amount up to and including their life, made...

Merlin Shertzer

The Christian Day School offers many learning experiences for our children. As our children prepare to face life, they must learn to relate to various authorities. Parents are their primary authority in their childhood, but they begin...

Luke Bennetch

The drinking of wine has been a problem for thousands of years. We read that Noah was drunk with wine in Genesis 9, and Lot was drunk in Genesis 19.
The Proverb writer declares in his final chapter that wine is not for kings or...

Steve Zook

So you’ve committed to teaching school, and you’re headed off to Teacher’s Institute. Or you’ve been teaching for several years and are going back to it again this Fall. Maybe you’ve been teaching more than ten years, and you’ve been at...

Luke Bennetch

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works (Rev 2:1-2a).
The Apostle John,...

Andrew V Ste Marie

The first five years of a child’s life lay the foundation for future failure or success. Bit by bit, he accumulates the knowledge and abilities he will need to be a complete, independent adult. From the first moment in the womb when he...

Victor Ebersole

We avoid thinking about death in our culture. We’re uncomfortable talking about it. We would rather just brush it aside with a nervous laugh and change the subject. But we can’t brush it aside for too long, because we and everyone we...

Stanley R. Martin

Many years ago, I wrestled with this question. I distinctly remember asking an older bishop why we as a church have standards. I will never forget his answer, “We have church standards because we have found that if you want to have a...

Steve Ebersole

I recall a number of years ago the story of a young family who had joined an Anabaptist church from a non-Christian background. They were so happy to be part of God’s family and the Christian brotherhood. Soon they realized this group...

John Risser

As Christians, we face forces designed to erode what we believe. Many of our worship services are a ‘convinced again’ experience. Other personal experiences convince us again of the realities of the unchanging truth. Recently another ‘...

Sherwin Weaver

Baring-Gould/Barnby

Lyrics: Every child deserves a comforting bedtime ritual: bedtime stories, bedtime prayers, bedtime snacks. By a thousand peaceful night falls, little sleepy heads grow up into emotionally secure adults....

James Martin

My wife and I were invited to a sign language class by our deaf friend. She was teaching us ASL (American Sign Language), and she wanted us to meet the people from her church. Most of the people were like us, learning how to communicate...

Will Taylor

Some of the most well-received words of our Lord are found in Matthew 11:28. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This is an invitation from our Savior. Yet, as He walked among men, He...

Duane Witmer

An intriguing life philosophy caught my eye while leafing through United Airlines seat back magazine, Hemispheres. I’ve been fascinated ever since. These two words were given by a TV celebrity as his “secret path” to stronger emotional...

Edwin Eby

“Things are different than they used to be,” Uncle Jon told his sister. “They just have to get used to it.” Uncle Jon had gotten used to various changes in his Mennonite church life. As a young man, he got used to the idea of discarding...

Michael Newswanger

The human race has a problem. This problem first appeared in the heavenly world when Lucifer exalted himself. The problem was transferred to the earth when Adam and Eve felt they could rise above the clear direction that was given them...

Dave Sweigart

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. These words of Moses from Numbers 32:23 were spoken to the children of Gad and Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh. What did...

Steve Zook

Traveling down the freeway, I saw it again. The bumper sticker on the luxury motor home said, “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” Would we have seen this forty or fifty years ago? I think not. What has changed?
My mind...

Steve Ebersole

We were just having a friendly conversation. The local bike shop owner and I were discussing a range of topics from current events to the weather. He suddenly changed the subject: “You know,” he said, “It is tax time, and it is a...

Stanley R. Martin

“So why can’t we go to Bro Tim and say that his eyes should be opened so he can receive his sight? They certainly could have done that in Jesus’ day! Is there something wrong with our faith, that we are unable to heal people like the...

Steve Ebersole

Americans are somewhat obsessed with physical exercise and fitness. People of all ages exert themselves to extreme measures in pursuit of greater physical health. Folks go to significant measures to “workout.” Ironically, while people...

Anthony Good

Proverbs talks about the simple ones. They are ignorant, unlearned, and naive. But the scorner is one who knows better and fights against the truth he knows. He rejects help from his authorities. Proverbs 9:7-9 says, He that reproveth a...

Luke Bennetch

Church Hymnal #426
Words: Benjamin Schmolk (1672-1737) was born to a Lutheran pastor in Silesia, Germany, a region now contained in modern Poland. As a young man, he once filled in for his father and preached a sermon so...

James Martin

The concept of obedience is very familiar to us. We were all supposed to have been taught this at a young age. But yet we need reminders and succeeding generations will keep arising that need these concepts taught and reinforced....

Dave Sweigart

“None of us are getting out of this game alive” declared the hardware store owner, “We are all going to die!”
“That is why I take Christianity very seriously,” I replied, “because after life there is Eternity. We will live...

None selected Darvin Halteman

We live in a day when “honor” is a very unpopular word in the world around us. Ungodly people do not want to obey any authority over them, therefore; they choose to tear down the reputation of those in authority and do not give leaders...

Steve Zook

Time of The "Empty Nest"
Greetings in Jesus name, the One who has our timeline in His hand. He is the One that can fill our every need, regardless what stage of life we are in. We view our lives as a change of seasons, each...

Mabel Witmer

March 26, 2008 Lois Sensenig
Home Builder's Essay

Life as Grandma at the Good Shepherd Children's Home

It was the summer of 2004 that we got a call asking if we would consider going to Honduras to be the...

Lois Sensenig

Lois Rosenberry
The Power of Women's Words

Words
Words are mighty, words are strong,
Words can soothe, or words can wrong.
A reputation shred in two-
Words can say what isn't true.

...

Lois Rosenberry

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (1Co 15:26). We are told approximately two hundred deaths occur in the world every second of time. That is approximately 63,072,000 in one year (this does not include infanticide by the...

Aaron Shank

In the world in which we live, we are being challenged to conform to its controlling principles. We are in this world, but we are not to be a part of it. What does this mean for the Christian? The Bible gives us clear direction in...

Sanford Hege

A disclaimer: this article is not attempting to prove or disprove theories. I have had enough experience with believing and doubting and arguing over these theories to last the rest of my life. Instead, this article is an effort to hold...

Lyndon Burkholder

Spiritual Preparation For Motherhood
What is motherhood?
"A partnership with God is Motherhood,
What strength, what purity, what self-control,
What love, what wisdom would belong to her
Who...

Gloria Herr

Mother's Blooming in Life's Timeline.......
with young children/up to the teenage years
Blooming gives the idea of producing something beautiful...

Jenelle Witmer

Passing on the Pearl of Contentment

October 2013 Ruth Nisly

Introduction:
It seems like every time the Lord asks me to speak, it strikes a need or struggle that I´m facing in my own life.

Passing on the...

Ruth Nisly

Spring of 1996 - Florence Faus
"Gaining Co-operation in the Home"
This is after supper. We are sitting together in a circle around the table. Mary asks,"How do you get your older children to cooperate, and do their chores...

Florence Faus

March 28, 2007 Homebuilders

FINDING JOY AND CONTENTMENT IN HOME LIFE
The title of our discussion today is Finding Joy and Contentment in Home Life. As a way of introduction, we would like to consider our subject in two...

Martha Zimmerman

Homebuilder’s Oct. 1, 1992
Exercising Personal Warmth and Welcome
The song entitled "There's a Welcome Here" takes me back a few years to my youth. This outstanding time of revival meetings held by Bro. John Rohrer from...

Anna Mae Lehman

March 18, 2015 Home Builder’s Essay Faith Weaver
Walking Softly in Her Moccasins

Learning to know another’s heart- Walking softly beside her.

This new for me but I trust God to help me speak His words. It’s a...

Faith Weaver

Created Dignity “Made them Male AND Female”

Genesis 1:26-31 and Genesis 2:7, 20-25 is the account of God creating man and woman. God created man and woman with differing physical and psychological capacities for distinct...

Christine Lehman

Distress – Which Way Out?
What was your most distressing experience in life? Was it some terrifying experience lasting a short time, or a long drawn out problem testing your patience day after day or year after year? Did you feel...

Miriam Landis

In our local town of Tyrone, there is an ordinance that dictates the length of the grass that is considered acceptable on properties within the borough. If the grass gets too long, a resident can expect a notice from the code officer...

Stephen Burkholder

Things happen. People make choices. Sometimes the choices are really, really, bad (or good). Events come together and accumulate. Current events turn into history. Someone has to tell the story.
What happens on the part of...

Steve Ebersole

“The blood was everywhere,” is a possible commentary on a bad accident or act of violence. A look back on earth’s history gives a similar conclusion. The blood is everywhere. The perfect, tranquil calm of creation soon gave way to blood...

Ornan Martin

The gift of life in the form of a little baby never ceases to bring a sense of awe and wonder. We wait, we imagine, we hope, we anticipate, but one day it becomes a reality. The birth of Jesus was no exception. And His birth should...

Stanley R. Martin

When was the most recent "Anointing with Oil" practiced in your congregation? Of the seven ordinances mentioned in our Decrees for to Keep, "Anointing with Oil" is the least practiced in our congregation. In the three short years since...

Victor Ebersole

The practices of Halloween as we know them originated with the Celts who lived in what is now Great Britain, Ireland, and Northern France. Their new year began on November 1. The Celtic Festival of “Samhain” began the previous evening,...

Steve Zook

One night after summer Bible School, we met a traveler passing through. Afterward, he came to stay a few days, just to talk. When Moshe came to our house, we were introduced to a new philosophy on worldviews.
Moshe was raised in...

None selected Steve Ebersole

To some of you, this title may look as bewildering as it did to me when I was assigned this article. A change in the second letter from (o) to (u) could possibly look like a heading with a more probable slot in our English vocabulary,...

None selected Howard Horst

What a beautiful world God created for us to enjoy! The seasons of spring, summer, and fall, bring many different colors to our eyes. The colors of the rainbow are a reminder of the beauty and multifaceted splendor of our Creator God....

None selected Dave Sweigart

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36). We in America are constantly rubbing shoulders with men and women who are passionately seeing what they can gain at the cost of their...

Steve Zook

God-honoring people have practiced the Christian Woman’s veiling for many, many years; and, today is an earmark of Bible believing and Bible practicing individuals and church groups. This ordinance is taught primarily in I Corinthians...

None selected Anthony Good

Jesus in His High Priestly prayer in John 17:17 prayed this to His Father about us, Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth. Those of us who have been Christians for some time can begin to understand a little what this means...

Seth Martin

Personal relationships are one of man’s most significant challenges. Our thoughts, personal preferences, and ideas seem so important to us. We can so easily look down on people who don’t see things our way. But if we turn to the Bible...

Luke Bennetch

Is Jesus still a man? Does it matter? Yes. Did Jesus return to Heaven and take on the same form as before the Incarnation? No.
No honest Christian will deny that Jesus, as the only begotten Son of God indeed became a man in the...

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The greatest “project” or “venture” a married couple can embark on is bringing children into the world and raising them to maturity. All other ventures, whether it be in business or hobby, pale in comparison both to the cost of...

Steve Ebersole

Procrastination is a great thief of our time. Its controlling grip on the hearts of men and women continues to be one of the reasons why relationships turn sour, tests are failed, businesses go bankrupt, healthy bodies are ruined, and...

Stanley R. Martin

Hello friend, where are your steps taking you on this journey called life? Many of us have seen the dawn of another day that was only once known as tomorrow. If I live to be three score and ten, I will have lived 25,567 days that once...

Matthew Ebersole

This phrase is found three times in the Scriptures (ITi 3:2,12, Tit 1:6) and each time it is a qualification for an ordained man. What does this phrase mean? Does it mean ordained men could not practice polygamy but others could? Or...

Vernon J. Martin

Lyrics: “Please, Lord, show me Your glory!” pled a discouraged Moses after his people had fallen into idolatry with the golden calf.
“You can’t look at My face and survive Moses,” replied God. “But here’s what I’ll do for you. I...

James Martin

Often, we hear comments made about baptism that would make the listener believe that the mode of baptism matters little, and further would lead you to believe the Bible has little direction to give.
I will not keep you wondering...

Sim Yoder

It’s that time of the year again when all good Americans unite in setting aside a holiday of remembrance. Independence Day is the official anniversary of the signing and distribution of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776....

Duane Witmer

For the disciples in the upper room, feet washing was not new. They knew the old custom of welcoming travelers by providing water to wash their feet. They had read the Bible stories of Abraham, Lot, Laban, Joseph’s steward, and the old...

Clair Auker

On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda attacked the United States with shocking results. Like most Americans, I can remember exactly where I was when the news came. In the weeks that followed, our nation was caught up in patriotic fervor and...

Steve Long

Communion is an ordinance that Jesus Christ instituted and commanded. Jesus and His disciples were gathered to observe the Passover. We can look in on this scene through the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. At some point during the...

Lyndon Burkholder

Our local school district here in Missouri reports more than one-thousand homeless school students in Miller, Camden, Morgan, Phelps, and Pulaski counties. I suspect your church community is similar. Praise God these homeless children...

Steve Zook

Sometimes a popular song (e.g., “Old Rugged Cross”) is born in a single flash of creativity by one inspired mind. But the Easter classic, “The Strife Is O’er,” developed in bits and pieces over three centuries, in three different...

James Martin

Society is changing. Actions and lifestyle choices that were once thought universally shameful are now demanding a pass of tolerance. “Intolerant!” is the label folks get who don’t give in and accept these as the new norm. Conservatives...

Stanley R. Martin

Ordinances are foundational to our Christian faith and practices. Understanding the spiritual meanings and principles in each ordinance is essential to keep spiritual life and vitality in the church today. This article begins a series...

Luke Bennetch

Many times, as individuals we live in our own little world, only considering the present. But God tells us to be concerned where we came from and where we are going. What have we been taught and what are we passing on to the next...

Sanford Hege

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matt 4:19). “Follow me. Not eloquent, not articulate; but a simple two-word phrase that propelled the fisherman to become fishers of men and an invitation to be a...

Joe Weaver

Baptism as an ordinance for the church and of the church on earth is a command of our Lord Jesus. He specifically commanded it in His “going away message.” He established it just before going to His present position at the right hand of...

Edwin Eby

Some believe one’s own performance is key to salvation. Others contend that works will not save us; salvation is by faith alone. Some will maintain we can lose our salvation. Others advocate eternal security emphasizing that all we need...

Matt Schrock

Habakkuk had several complaints to the Lord. In Habakkuk 1:2 he asked the question, “how long shall I cry and you will not hear, even if I cry violence you won’t save me?" He went on to tell God how awful the conditions were. God...

Sim Yoder

Twenty-five years ago this past October, a man lay deathly ill in a hospital, dying from a ten year battle with cancer. A few days before, he had been told that pneumonia had set in and he was not likely to recover from it; the family...

Llewellyn Martin

This is probably not a new concept to most of us; in fact, it may be in danger of becoming a cliché because of overuse. There is a lot of focus on this today and there should be. Few things are more important than the blessing of mutual...

Dave Sweigart

If you find yourself in a gathered assembly of worshipers during the closing hours of December 31, you will have the perfect hymn for the occasion.
James Hamilton (1819-1896), a Scottish-born clergyman in the Anglican church,...

James Martin

Recently I found myself in an exam room with a hearing specialist. From this visit and some recent study, I conclude the following.
There are four main parts of the human hearing system. First, is the acoustic collector. The...

Steve Zook

Do Our Children Need Manners?
Homebuilders' Essay by Karen Kreider
October 16, 2002
I am sure we would all give a hearty "Yes" to this title. I was inspired by this study and
became aware of areas I can help my...

Karen Kreider

Created Dignity "Made them Male AND Female"
Genesis 1:26-31 and Genesis 2:7, 20-25 is the account of God creating man and woman.
God created man and woman with differing physical and psychological capacities for distinct...

Christine Lehman

GODLY LIBERATED WOMANHOOD
September 29, 1981
Godly Liberated Womanhood--I am glad the word "godly" is in the title. That makes a big
difference, doesn't it? If it only said "Liberated Womanhood" we would probably think...

Dorothy Newswanger (Shank)

Tom and I had never met before, but a rainstorm was holding us hostage in an old garage. All I knew was that Tom was only visiting in the community (same as I was) and that he had come from non-Mennonite background. He was now a member...

Stephen Ebersole

The subject of gifts is on many people’s minds today. Much money is spent on gifts this month. Many people hardly know what gift will be appreciated and needed by the people for whom they are buying gifts. Some will receive a gift they...

Luke Bennetch

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, we enjoy singing a wealth of hymns and carols that we usually reserve for the month of December. Even though we can sing many by heart, or perhaps because we can sing many by heart, words, and phrases...

Stanley R. Martin

The last few months have been disruptive to tens of thousands of Americans. Hurricanes in the Southern States and Puerto Rico plus destructive wildfires in Oregon and California have caused massive losses. Homes, businesses, and...

Sherwin Weaver

Attitudes Expressed By Godly Women
By Joyce Nolt
Good-morning! Our topic this morning is "Attitudes Expressed By Godly Women". As I studied I have been challenged many times with areas in my life that do not express...

Joyce Nolt

In Acts 15, the church leaders were having an assembly to discuss and dispose of a matter which was causing stress in the brotherhood. First Peter, then Paul had taken the Gospel to the Gentiles. In general, there was much rejoicing and...

Duane Witmer

I see that you have something called Decrees for to Keep. Are you adding something to the Bible, the final Word of God? We believe the Word of God is His final written revelation to mankind.
In working out the scriptural practice...

Sanford Hege

Many people are asking what the purpose of life is. Many cannot seem to find answers to it and commit suicide, etc. This happens among the old and young alike. A number of years ago, I became acquainted with an older man. He seemed to...

Tim Kreider

Developing Daughters for the King – Psalm 45:13
Musings from Grandma
Bertha High – March 17, 1992

Psalm 45:13 “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.”

I am thankful for...

Bertha High

Can My Family Tell I Have Been With Jesus?
Homebuilders March 29, 2006 - Martha Burkholder

The title assumes the fact that I am spending time with Jesus. It will be evident if this is not happening. When things run...

Martha Burkholder

BUILDING A CONSCIENCE FOR GOOD
March 30, 1982 - Ethel Frey
Respect For Others

Heb. 13:18 Pray for us for we trust we have a goad conscience in all things willing to live honestly.
Heb. 10:22 Let us draw near...

Ethel Frey

BONDING IN LOVE BY CARING AND SHARING
Rachael Martin April 9, 2003

I would like to start with the Golden Rule. It reads like this, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." To bring this even closer to today's...

Rachael Martin

Homebuilder's Essay October 13, 2010
Being An At-Home Missionary
Children / Grandchildren
A missionary is a person who is undertaking a mission and especially a religious mission. We want to talk about being a...

Lois Halteman

Leaven is a substance that causes fermentation and spoilage, “Figuratively, an influence that, spreading silently and strongly, changes conditions and opinions” (World Book Dictionary). Literally, when leaven is added to a wholesome...

Aaron Shank

Our discussion began when my seat mate commented that he had observed my wife across the aisle. In observing her modest attire, he had questions about our identity. This opened the door for me to feel free to ask him questions about his...

Steve Ebersole

After months of planning and anticipation, the day had finally arrived. We were planning to take a nine-day trip to Alberta, Canada, to visit family. The excitement was running high. Preparations had been made. Food and clothing were...

Stanley R. Martin

A Woman’s Role in the Great Commission October 22, 2003
Go ye therefore and teach all nations Matt. 28:19

When asked to do this topic my first thought was, “Why ask me, I've never been to N.Y. for Jesus, Honduras or even...

Lorraine High

March 26, 2002
...in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength..."
Isaiah 30:15

Isn't it humbling to think that the Supreme Being Who created the heavens and earth, our great, infinite God, made us finite...

Dorothy Shank

Proper and Improper Mother-In-Law Responses
October 11, 1977
A leading marriage counselors has said, "We talk of in-laws in general. But we must go to the core of the problem. Young husbands have been known to get into...

Anna Halteman

It is shortly after midnight on Feb. 26, 1852, off the coast of Africa. The troopship HMS Birkenhead has struck a rock and has begun to settle into the ocean. On its decks, 124 women and children are rushed into lifeboats while 454...

Seth Martin

Israel wanted a king. God told Samuel to anoint Saul to be king. 1 Samuel 9:2 tells us that he was tall and extremely handsome. He evidently had a heart of humility (1Sa 9:20,21; 10:21-23). But after two years as king, 1 Samuel 13...

Tim Kreider

April 1, 1975
My Place in God’s Kingdom
They asked me to direct this to mothers tonight and also to witnessing in the community. Descriptors given to be used are Psalms 118:5 and Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. Psalm 118:5 is “I...

Lena Schnupp

Joyfully Accepting the Sacrifices of Motherhood

Occupation - Housewife
What am I doing with my life?
Well - I am only a housewife.

I'm a homework helper, expert on spelling,
The keeper of...

Kathryn Miller

A Homemaker’s Devotional Life
What, really, is our devotional life? Is it only the private time we spend in Bible reading and prayer each day? Or is it more than that? Webster's dictionary defines devotion as religious worship,...

Rachel Martin

A Shoulder to Lean On

What does it take to have a "shoulder to lean on?
We're going to think of our shoulders as a foundation to a house. It needs to be solid w/ LOTS of strength to carry the weight of the frame and the...

Esther Good

From Jewish chants in the early church, to praise choruses in our day, the sound of singing in Christian assemblies has changed significantly. The changes have seldom gone smoothly. In some ways, Anabaptist groups have been less...

James Martin

On the Arctic tundra in Svalbard, Norway, about 800 miles from the North Pole, there are no gardens, no trees. Yet, deep beneath this barren surface lies the largest concentration of agricultural diversity anywhere on Earth.
...

Stanley R. Martin

It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your...

Brian J Horst

Jesus has an interesting conversation in the account in Luke 10:25-37. A lawyer approaches Jesus with a very serious question. “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Truly this should get Jesus’ attention. Jesus answered...

Harry Neuenschwander Sr

One day I was appalled to find that one of my students had been using curse words in school. When I took him aside to deal with the issue, his response was, “There is nothing wrong with those words; everyone uses them.” While it is...

Joshua Porter

God has chosen to use men to lead in His church. Any call to administration brings its challenges and blessings. People bring with them a leader’s greatest challenges but also his greatest blessings. Church groups vary in their methods...

Luke Bennetch

In our local science center, that we enjoy visiting from time to time, are several mirror displays. These mirrors are all different from the normal mirror we look into at home to get an understanding of our appearance. These mirrors all...

Tim Kreider

How much should children of God know of the world, its people, and its practices? At what point does knowledge of evil affect righteous living? Is Gospel simplicity and innocence a thing of the past? The devil has always been busy...

Luke Bennetch

What is the mind of Christ? Or how can we know what His mind was and is? "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind...

Willis Halteman

Global tensions are mounting—that is not news. Political chaos abounds, especially among Tier 1 nations jostling for supremacy—that is not news. Downward spiraling moral and economic situations are the norm with anarchy given as one...

Edwin Eby

Destroy complaints before they destroy you. You have plenty of things to complain about, but none of them are valid; so stop.
Ok, I’m talking to myself, but you can keep listening if you like.
I have plenty of...

Caleb Martin

The teachings of Calvinism have pervaded many Christian churches today. They use Scripture to establish their beliefs and at times may seem ever so convincing. Yet, we must look at the context and compare other Scriptures to come to...

Aaron Shank

“I wonder what informs their decisions.”
The question hung between us in the cool autumn air as my friend, and I sat around a gas lantern while visiting in his second-story apartment in downtown Nashville. Choices, decisions, and...

Michael Overholt

As I type this article, I am watching a group of children playing whisper down the lane. As they whisper something from one person to the next, sometimes the message gets to the end in the same fashion as it was originally formed, at...

Tim Kreider

Do we have a vision for helping the lost to find Jesus? Then we should continue in an active pursuit of souls. We should do all we can to win them to the Lord. There are many opportunities and ways to reach out to the lost.
Our...

Virgil Heisey

What is God so jealous about? Moses had looked toward God quizzically. God had been so patient and gentle for the last 40 days as He had explained the law and the tabernacle. And then, God’s countenance had changed so much! He had...

Vernon J. Martin

It is a common practice of the world today to clap for someone who performs as a way of cheering for them. When our chorus sings at rehabs and elderly care facilities, the people often clap after each song. The better the performance is...

Luke Bennetch

What Does God look like? One of the few memories I’ve retained of my preschool days is standing in the kitchen and having a discussion with mom on this subject. “Is he older than Grandma?” (Grandma was fighting a cancer battle and...

Tim Kreider

We all know the convenience of making a call anytime, anywhere. From the beginning of time, long before the day of cell phone technology, God gave a special connection to his people. God gave to us this blessing called prayer. He...

Carl L Sensenig

Slowly the rays of the sun recede behind the darkening skies. Mount Calvary is engulfed in an unusual darkness. The world hides its face for the shame that it is looking upon. Jesus, a god man, is hanging on a cross dying between two...

Donald Eby

Problems are a normal part of life. They vary significantly in intensity. Problems may be as minor as a sore toe or as painful as a dying parent. It could be lost van keys on a school morning or an interpersonal relationship problem....

Stanley R. Martin

The term “selfie” is a very new word that was invented as a result of electronic media. It is the name for a picture of “me, taken by me, and sent out to others by me.” Something is propelling this drive to put my picture out to the...

Luke Bennetch

Editor’s Note: As part 1 of a 2 part article this is focused on man’s view of sin. Look for teaching on a Biblical viewpoint in the next article.

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask,...

Steve Ebersole

How much of what we do actually counts for kingdom interests? Do we ever think, “Now, that was doing something good for God’s work?” Maybe we’re struggling, wishing we could do more kingdom things, and thinking that all we have time for...

Stuart Bauman

July 16, 1969 was an extremely special day for mankind. The excitement ran high as millions of people watched with interest as Apollo 11 left the earth. Its Saturn V rocket with an excess of 150 million horsepower was hurtling it to...

Tim Kreider

Christ’s resurrection from the dead is an event that was not and is not believed by all people. The Sadducees said there was no resurrection, neither angels, nor spirits. The apostles also had a problem; for a little while - “they...

Sidney Gingrich

What does the Bible teach about sin? What should our doctrine and practice be?
First, let us always remember, “All unrighteousness is sin” (1Jn 5:17). We dare not treat disobedience to God in a light manner. Jesus did not die on...

Steve Ebersole

It is no secret to anyone with a Scriptural perspective in life that we are truly living in the last days. There are many indications that this is the case. These indications were foretold by the Word of God. Life at best is very...

Virgil Heisey

I hadn’t thought much about my seat mate as we buckled up to take off. She was frazzled and middle-aged and certainly didn’t look like the talkative type. “It’ll probably be a very quiet ride,” I mused to myself. However, when the...

Steve Ebersole

Scripture clearly indicates the need to invest in eternal values. “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches” (Proverbs 13:7). Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “If...

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His work on earth was done. The time had come for Him to return to His Heavenly home. Shortly He would take His place by the side of His Father upon the throne of light and glory.
Accompanied by the eleven, He made His way to the...

Stanley R. Martin

"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they...

Duane Witmer

What if a homeless man was offered a home and rejected it? What if you were that homeless man? As you read this fictional story, place yourself in the homeless man’s shoes. Examine your spiritual life in the context of this allegory....

Dwayne Sensenig

Editor’s Note: Last month we looked at the impairment psychotropic meds create to the brain. This month we cover a different “treatment” for emotional needs and why it needs to be viewed differently than physical conditions.
Isn’...

Steve Ebersole

What is a father? The dictionary definition is “a male parent” along with several other definitions in the realm of science and religion and society. The verb forms are more interesting – “to beget; to be the creator, founder, or author...

Lyndon Burkholder

World Wars I and II brought indescribable pain and suffering to millions of people, brought death to millions more, and possibly 1.5 trillion dollars or more worth of damage. In today’s world, violent crime is up 467%, the number of...

Dave Sweigart

In Judges 17:6 we have recorded, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” This sad commentary is again given as a summary in the last verse of Judges. As we read Judges and...

Tim Kreider

Psalm 130:1-3 “Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord who shall stand?”
David’s heart...

Myron G Martin

Why are so many churches struggling to have a healthy church life? This is a question I have often asked myself. As I look at the conservative churches across the country it concerns me. The purpose of this article is to look at this...

Reuben Luthy

What had started as perhaps just an ordinary day for us, had become a day with a most unusual happening. We had been hearing strange stories of a rabbi in town. Everyone said he was a different sort of rabbi. His teaching was...

Stanley R. Martin

Revival movements in history have been catalysts of movement and change in the church. What lessons can we learn from the most recent one in North America?
In 1951 an unusual phenomenon burst “like a meteorite” 1 across the...

Steve Sweigart

The Martyrs Mirror is a work by Thielemen J. van Braght who recorded a history of the sufferings and martyrdom of the Anabaptist people throughout history. It is not my goal to give a thorough history of the Anabaptist Martyrs here,...

None selected Stephen Ebersole

Human hearts have always been fascinated with and drawn to the edge. The edge lies between the known and the unknown, the safe and the unsafe, the good and the bad, the right and the wrong, the possible and the impossible, the legal...

None selected Luke Bennetch

Everyone that’s old enough to understand anything about what’s going on will know that this is election year - when a new president will be elected to office in the US. As Christian people, what does the Bible have to say regarding our...

None selected Jerry Yoder

First, let’s take a look at the national scene at the beginning of the Brunk revivals. They began in 1951, 6 years after the end of WWII. It was also 2 years after the nationally publicized Billy Graham campaign in Los Angeles....

None selected Steve Sweigart

My mind right now is being drawn to an incident that happened to me many years ago. It was winter and I was on a private pond with some siblings and friends doing some ice skating. The pond had an island with a bridge connecting it to...

None selected Tim Kreider

Recently I read an article in a well-known archery magazine entitled, “The Art of Selling.” The writer had interviewed two local people from our area in preparation for his article. One of the people he interviewed was a local salesman...

None selected Jason Sensenig

A man comes up with an idea to start a business. He sees a market for an item. He puts a lot of energy and time into getting his business off the ground. He works long hours and comes up with creative ideas. He’s willing to step out and...

Jason Weaver

First Kings 21 records the story of two men whose choices and characters stand in stark contrast to each other. The one man said, in essence, “What I have is not for sale.” The other is described as having “sold himself to work...

Stanley R. Martin

The US Interstate system and secondary roadways are lined with thousands of miles of “rumble strips”. These carved indentations in the asphalt and concrete are designed to produce a sharp rumbling noise to alert drivers they are...

Anthony Good

I surveyed the young man who had just entered the garage I was working in. He was a typical figure on any construction site with scuffed work boots, faded jeans, a muscle T-shirt, and baseball cap. As he neared the ladder I was working...

Brendon Martin

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Jerry Yoder

A couple is searching for a house to buy. They finally find the right one after many disappointments. They write an offer sure to secure the house they feel is the one God has provided for them. Alas, another offer is written and...

Lyndon Burkholder

It is a common practice of the world today to clap for someone who performs as a way of cheering for them. When our chorus sings at rehabs and elderly care facilities, the people often clap after each song. The better the performance is...

Luke Bennetch

Today, the believer is living in a world that is connected as never before. The World Wide Web, social media in the hands of the masses, and agenda driven news cycles have honed information flow to a fever pitch.

Regardless...

Tim Martin

Every neighborhood has them, probably every congregation—those people who carry around a spirit of grievance. “I have been wronged,” they say. They develop a self-pitying, complaining spirit.

They are waiting for the ones who...

Selected

What shall I do? We all find ourselves either asking that question or at least pondering it at times. Recently as I was driving down the interstate I saw a sign that read, “West bound lanes closed ahead. All traffic must exit.” I was...

Tim Kreider

The Question

Recently a brother, whom we’ll call Andrew, decided to have a new well drilled, as his old one was repeatedly running dry. When the drilling rig arrived, the driver (“George”) jumped out, holding two wires in his...

A Clair Auker

We believe the Bible teaches that righteousness and peace in church life must be a working reality, not merely a distant, unattainable goal. The Bible also calls the Church to be a healthy, properly functioning body, not a sick or...

Darvin Halteman

In Daniel 1 we find the story of an exceptional young man. He had been chosen by the king’s own delegate because there was no blemish found in him; he was well favored, skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge. He was chosen out...

Jerald Witmer

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the September 1995 issue of The Pilgrim Witness.

Where is everybody going? This seems a timely question in these days of increased running. Everybody is hurrying somewhere. The...

Herbert Ebersole

Like thousands of other Nigerian Christians in recent years, John Yakubu and his family fled their home to escape repeated attacks by Boko Haram terrorists. But, unable to feed his family in the refugee camp, John returned home to...

A Clair Auker

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2Th 2:11-12).

The question has often been...

Joe Weaver

In many places around the world, persecution of Christians is increasing. China’s government is cracking down on house churches and even harassing registered churches. In a number of countries where radical Islamists have taken over or...

A Clair Auker

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the December 1993 issue of The Pilgrim Witness.

“Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Oh, if only we could have clutched the gunwale of...

Ronald K Martin

For many it was too late!

On December 26, 2004, more than 250,000 lives were taken by the tsunami in Indonesia. It was one of the worst natural disasters in history.

The following day my wife and I left the Good...

Homer Boll

What attracts people to the variety of churches that are in the world today? It seems that churches in the past attracted people with their elegant buildings—at least by the looks of them—and maybe that still applies to some. But now it...

Josiah Grunwald

What do plain suits, holy kisses, and no life insurance have in common? What do female preachers, homosexual practice, and killing enemies have in common? What do stubbly faces, country music, and large bellies have in common? Winking...

Chester C Weaver

Control is a delicate subject that requires balance. So many things around us seem to be out of control. As parents we must control our children and help them learn self-control. As a church we need some control to keep us on the narrow...

Luke B Bennetch

The photograph was poignant. It seemed to illustrate a contrast of world views. In the photograph was a crowd of people at a Fourth of July celebration with their eyes turned upward, watching a fireworks display. Dispersed among the...

Joe Weaver

Our Christian forefathers were dubbed Anabaptist during the Great Reformation. The name was full of reproach and mockery for those who refused to baptize infants and who requested adult baptism. “Ana” was a Latin term meaning “over...

Edwin R Eby

It could be said that value is in the eye of the beholder. Value is described as the importance or worth that we place upon something. We measure worth by the qualities we perceive. While viewpoints and perceptions vary greatly in the...

David Mast

There are signs upon the earth that God is warming it once more according to His promise of seedtime and harvest, cold and heat. Wild geese flying north and other warm weather birds are responding in like manner. Flowers are pushing the...

Sidney Gingrich

We take our Sunday school classes for granted, but before the Sunday school movement began in the mid to late 1800’s, it was unknown in the Mennonite Church. The movement was influenced by the wider “Great Awakening” experienced in the...

David Sweigart

Many years ago, a certain fisherman was caught in a sudden storm. As he desperately made toward shore, the sea grew rougher and wilder. Alas, before he could reach safety, a huge wave capsized his boat, plunging him into the roaring sea...

A Clair Auker

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee” (Psa 67:3,5).

As a conservative people, we have been blessed with a rich heritage of a capella congregational singing. This has been a tremendous blessing in...

Myron Gehman

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ” (Col 2:2).

What...

Daryl Witmer

May 26 is Memorial Day. This day honors the memory of those who lost their lives in battle. These men and women did offer the ultimate sacrifice to a cause. It probably inspires people to want to be brave and loyal like them. Some may...

Lyndon Burkholder

Godly marriages that last a lifetime are becoming scarce in the world. As a godly people we are concerned that the youth growing up in our homes find godly life companions and establish homes on the solid foundation of the Word of God....

Luke B Bennetch

The Christian, for reasons not totally visible to him, is called to walk through the land of an enemy king on his way to the Celestial City. Christ in His high priestly prayer acknowledges the difficulty of this journey and prays not...

Antony Weaver

God’s will is that all His created humans would choose to be part of His heavenly kingdom on earth. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should...

Luke B Bennetch

Our worship services traditionally start with a time of singing, followed by a devotional. This short time before Sunday school serves as an appetizer and whets our appetite to the things of God again. It is therefore important that the...

David Musselman III

Editor’s note: This article is reprinted from the March 1992 issue of The Pilgrim Witness.

Fasting generally means to refrain from taking nourishment from food or food drinks. Matthew 4:2 states that Jesus “fasted forty days...

Aaron M Shank

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it” (Matt 13:45-46).

This parable depicts a merchant...

David Groff

The young man’s expression was confident as he approached. Tucked under his arm were the folders and books he needed for his next lecture at the university where he was attending. It was also where a number of us had gathered for street...

Joe Weaver

Editor’s note: This article is an example of an inspirational devotional that was recently shared in a Sunday morning worship service.

A few years ago a local farmer was called into question for a land use violation....

Clyde Martin

How recently have we heard a sermon on the dangers of strong drink? How often do we study a Sunday school lesson on temperance? How many of us are even tempted to drink alcoholic beverages?

We can hardly imagine an era like...

A Clair Auker

It is usually difficult for those coming behind us to relate to the issues that we have gone through with the same passion and zeal that we have for those issues. A few years ago our family visited one of the civil rights museums in...

Sim Yoder

Revelation 3:8, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

We are pleased to live in the...

Joe Weaver

Just reading the title probably brings negative thoughts to your mind. We as humans don’t typically like to be told, “No,” because it goes against our nature. Sometimes we bring the “no” upon ourselves because of disobedience, such as...

Robert Burkholder

Sleep is a God-given natural resource for the survival of the human body. We all are familiar with the feeling of a good night’s rest. Most people will use two or three thousand hours per year to close their eyes and sleep. A godly life...

Homer Boll

Dear Youth,
The onset of adolescence lies behind you, and you are journeying on a path toward manhood or womanhood. You are filled with a zest for life, a quest for knowledge, ambitious goals, and dazzling dreams. Yours is a...

Lamar Stoltzfus

James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Inscribed in stone above the courthouse entrance in a...

Joe Weaver

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts...

Stephen Ebersole

As we stand at the hardware store counter, the cashier offers the little boy by our side a candy fish. We watch to see if he remembers what he should say. A smiling boy saying a soft “thank you” is a welcome sight. It is encouraging to...

Sherwin Weaver

The title for this article is taken from Second Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Back in verse 14 Paul establishes the...

Jerry Yoder

Part 1 of 2
As I sit down to pen the meditations of my heart, it is with much prayer, emotional wrestling, and mental discipline that I sift and sort out a topic of this sort. For you see, when examining the church of today and...

Jonathan E Snyder

Children come into this world thinking only of one thing: me, me, me! As infants they require almost constant care. They are takers, not givers. Instead of serving others, they need to be served. As they cry out for help in the middle...

Aaron L Martin

One of the greatest mysteries in all of history is the Incarnation—the Son of God becoming the Son of man. Many facets of this miraculous event are beyond our comprehension. Yet we accept it because we take God at His Word. And as we...

A Clair Auker

Regardless of our age, we are all journeying to the place of which the Lord said, “I will give it to you.” each of us is at a different stage of life. We do not understand why the flow of time is so relentless, and we grow older in days...

John David Witmer

As we move about in our world, we do not have to go far to find someone who is not a Christian, who does not know Jesus as Savior and Lord of his life. It is God’s will that His people continue with the mission He left us—to seek the...

Virgil Heisey

“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God” (Psa 68:1,2).

...
Stephen Burkholder

School is out and we are coming to the time of year that many Americans know as “summer vacation.” Summer vacation means several things. To the school children, it is approximately three months away from school. Most of us recall the...

Duane L Witmer

Satan with all the powers of darkness is opposing the people of God through the evil world around us. But he is also working more subtly within and among us to hinder our evangelistic effectiveness. We do well to stop and analyze from...

Virgil Heisey

The word conviction is defined as “(a) a strong persuasion or belief; (b) the state of being convinced.” Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” We would say that...

David Witmer

“Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]— your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly...

John D Risser

Perhaps as a reader you have never considered whether Jesus is still a man. Does it matter? What does the Bible teach? Is Jesus a man now, or did He go back to heaven and become the son of God in the same form as before the Incarnation...

Edwin R Eby

As students of the Word, we know the Bible abounds with references to the great power of prayer. But do we know it also teaches that there is an even greater power in collective prayer? Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, That if two of...

A Clair Auker

“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me” (1Co 4:15,16). June is the month of Father...

Joe Weaver

“As our society has changed, so have the challenges facing women raising families. Many American women are raising children at home while caring for an elderly parent, holding down two jobs, serving as the sole parent in a family, or...

A Clair Auker

Picture with me a group of young people standing in the hallway of a large shopping complex. The singing is wonderful. The look on their faces shows an inner joy that cannot be hid. The Christmas hymns they are singing say nothing about...

Jesse Hostetler

Ever since the creation, there has been a wide variety of experiences in families around the globe. In some families there is love and acceptance, and in others there is hate and strife. In some homes there is one child, in some none,...

Klaas Reimer

George R. Brunk, in Sword and Trumpet article, “Regulate or Relegate?” January 1931: “The radio is a live issue at the present time; many honest souls are wondering and questioning about it. “If Conference forbids their use the matter...

Luke B Bennetch

O how we want to flee the possibility of that question being one that the journey of our life may bring us headlong into. “Is any sick among you?” We see James 5:14 bringing up this question for us to ponder. We cry out against the...

Matthew Ebersole

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Col 3:1).

The resurrection account of Jesus has been a controversial issue from the very first day. Matthew...

Harry Neuenschwander

Christian faith and practice is coming under fire in many ways today. Much of what was once practiced without question is being laid aside. Many have begun to question not only the practicality but also the validity of various Bible...

Cliff Stauffer

The Christian’s understanding of debt is often distorted by the fact that debt has become culturally acceptable at every level in society. The United States government has borrowed over 16 trillion dollars to date. Each year it spends...

Galen Martin

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Col 3:1).

“I believe” are words that have become seldom used. Believe in what? Doubt has permeated thought...

Joe Weaver

There is a teaching which states that a believer once called and chosen unto salvation and eternal life is no longer in a position to lose it. It teaches he is secure and can never fall from the grace of God. This is false.

...

Edwin R Eby

The apostle John the beloved in his first epistle makes a simple appeal at the end of his treatise: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”

What is an idol?
An idol is an object of worship. It is the Dagon of the...

Matt Schrock

Baptism is one Christian ordinance that nearly all denominations accept as scriptural and applicable to today. It has survived when feet washing, the prayer veiling, the holy kiss, and others are explained away. Not all who practice...

Lyndon Burkholder

“You are what you eat.” This old saying is true to a degree in the physical realm—our diet affects our health. It is true to a greater degree on a spiritual level. What we feed on, whether the Word of God or the trash of the world,...

A Clair Auker

Tradition has a grasp on everyone. No one can escape the impact of the tradition in which he was raised. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It would therefore seem...

Antony Weaver

Pacifism and its influence on the Mennonite church
In conservative Mennonite circles, one sometimes grapples with this question: Why should nonresistant people be interested in the teaching of war and related issues, especially...

David Sweigart

Building altars is probably not a task we would choose, but the Bible gives many accounts where God commanded the building of altars, or where men voluntarily built them.

The first occasion is found in Genesis 8:20, after Noah...

John David Witmer

It may seem strange to think of “the last miles” as we start a new year. We usually think of last miles being at the end of a hard journey. Those miles are the ones that are the hardest to endure and stay awake for. Maybe it is unusual...

Sim Yoder

At first glance, one could suggest that these two terms might be synonymous. In fact, one hundred years ago they sometimes were used interchangeably.1 but as the English language continues its evolutionary process, it becomes necessary...

David Sweigart

Christmas! The annual commemoration of Jesus’ birth, Christmas, has been celebrated for hundreds of years. The mere thought of Christmas likely brings many different thoughts to your mind. Perhaps you are looking forward to the family...

Kirby Witmer

Years ago, a Mennonite preacher was flying on a mission trip. Around him the passengers were joking and laughing, when suddenly the jet encountered a violent storm. The plane bucked wildly. Lightning cracked against the wings. Terrified...

A Clair Auker

On December 21, 1620, a small band of Pilgrims landed on the shore of what is now Massachusetts. It was wintertime, and they had little food and no houses. more than half of the group died in that first terrible winter.

When...

Steve Sweigart

Editor’s Note: This is the concluding article in a series of three. In the first one we looked at the King James Bible, and in the second we examined the textual theory behind modern Bible translations. Now we will consider two other...

Joshua Porter

“Do You Want Your Voice to be Heard This election?” came the message on a postcard from a coalition of Christian organizations. The message is simple and popular among Protestant churches and Christianity today: “We need Christians to...

John Strite

The Halloween holiday and season represent an ancient European variant, All-Hallows’-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows’ Day.

All-Hallows’-Even probably dates to ancient Celtic festivals celebrating the...

Edwin R Eby

Modern Versions - The Textual Theory
In our last section we mentioned the huge success and strengths of the King James Version of the Bible. We also pointed out the linguistic weakness it carries because of its age. We will now...

Joshua Porter

We as an older generation are passing off the scene. We sense that we have been blessed above measure. We have been given a priceless heritage of seeing the New Testament as a book to be lived out in everyday life because of our love...

Stephen Ebersole

Have you ever sat with eyes glazed staring at the Bible as your thoughts wandered? Perhaps you have fallen asleep during your evening prayer time. Maybe you remember reading through 2 Chronicles and finding it a chore. It is even...

Samuel Carpenter

The education of our children can not be stopped; it takes place every moment in every situation. This continual flow of education influences and shapes their character. Much of this education takes place in the home under the...

Anthony Hurst

“Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?” (John 21:21).

Peter, startled and aghast at the prospect of his own death and the thrice-repeated command to feed lambs and sheep, characteristically blurts...

Joe Weaver

Editor’s Note: In this article, the first in a series of three, we focus on the King James Version of the Bible. In the next article we will examine modern Bible versions.

The King James Version of the Bible
In 2011 the...

Joshua Porter

“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain” (Tit 3:9).
Among the things that I remember very well from my childhood are certain discussions...

Loren Ebersole

After Absalom’s death, Ahimaaz asked Joab’s permission to carry to King David what he thought was good news, “how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies” (2Sa 18:19). Apparently Ahimaaz was recognized as a good-news messenger, as...

A Clair Auker

Are family devotions important? Do they have anything to do with the well-being of our families? Are there ways in which we can make our family devotions interesting and relevant to our children? What are your family devotions like?...

Keith Gingerich

Delmarva is the name of a peninsula shared by Delaware, Maryland, and northern Virginia. It juts into the Chesapeake Bay, forming the boundary between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the waters of the bay itself. This past summer our...

David Finley

“Whom do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27). Christ asked this question to His disciples and received a variety of answers in response. So it has been down through the ages. Men have devised many philosophies to try to explain to their...

Ronald K Martin

What are some foundational principles for healthy emotional well-being?

1. It is not only acceptable but also necessary to express emotion in sanctified ways.
Spirituality is not the absence of feelings, or denying...

Howard Horst

Second Corinthians 1 is a Scripture which both tells a story and teaches a lesson. In the first few verses (vv3-7) there is a reflection on God’s comfort to those who are distressed. The Scripture also explains that when we receive God’...

Duane L Witmer

Mark 4:3-20 contains an extensive account on agriculture to teach an important spiritual lesson. Four types of soil and their production abilities are considered. The parable and ag teacher is Jesus Himself, using the soil for an...

Homer Boll

Technology, Convictions, and the Brotherhood

There is much difference of opinion on the subject of technology and its uses. Some strongly promote the use of technology and others strongly discourage some uses. Few...

Luke B Bennetch

Sally stuffs her hands deeper into her sweater pockets as she kicks a stone ahead of her on the way to the mail box... “Why?” she says to herself, “Why can’t dad show an interest in my life—I need someone to talk to! This youth social...

Howard Horst

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto...

Joe Weaver

The powerful aroma of spikenard must have filled the room and mingled with the smell of food. Mary had taken ointment and had poured it on Jesus’ head as well as His feet as Jesus was eating a meal at Simon the Leper’s house.1 The value...

David Steinhauer

In the Old Testament, God spoke to the need of repentance. He also promised that the time would come when He would give the results of repentance – a new spirit and a soft heart. Very early in the New Testament, it became evident that...

Herbert Ebersole

The internet is another part of the technological advances that are pressing upon us. In many ways it seems an unavoidable part of our day and the future. More and more businesses are finding it necessary to go online or be left behind...

None selected Luke B Bennetch

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them...

Titus Hofer

In 1980, a construction crew accidently uncovered an ancient tomb as they excavated a site in a neighborhood south of old Jerusalem. Entombed were 10 ossuaries containing bones. On one of the ossuaries, an inscription read, “Jesus the...

David Steinhauer

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit...

Joe Weaver

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series that examines the subtle effects that the use of technology brings to bear in our daily lives. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (...

Luke Bennetch

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted from the May 1992 edition of the Pilgrim Witness. It was published five months before Brother Myron died of cancer at the age of 34.

Life Is Not Fair
~ the late Myron Martin

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Myron Martin

Psalms are poems. Poems are elegies of thought. Poems, often written by artistic personalities, vent emotion, thought, feeling or motive. Word pictures and couplet phrases deep in the soul spring out expressed as ideas, prayers or truth...

Edwin R Eby

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series that will examine the subtle effects that the use of technology brings to bear in our daily lives. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God...

Luke Bennetch

In 1 Corinthians 3:9, we read, “We are laborers together with God.” We are commanded by God to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8).

But where are we called to be witnesses? One of the apostle Paul’s areas of ministry was “house to...

Sidney Gingrich

“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psa 86:15).

Longsuffering is the quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation which does not hastily...

Sherwin Weaver

The word “absolute” means “free from all imperfection, fixed and unchangeable qualities, concepts or standards, and unquestionable finality.” The word “obsolete” means “out of date” or “fallen into disuse.”

The Bible has...

Aaron M Shank

“Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecc 1:10). This question of the wise man becomes very interesting when we apply it to new year. Is the new year really...

David Steinhauer

October 1st represents the beginning of the new church and Sunday school year in many of our congregations. Generally, congregational elections are held to fill various church offices such as song leader, trustee, janitor, usher, Sunday...

David Steinhauer

Two cardinal doctrines are taught in 1Corinthians 11. In writing this chapter, apparently the Apostle saw a need for some correction for the home and the church. And these first and greatest of all organizations, the home and the church...

Homer Boll

The Question
Recently a brother, whom we’ll call Andrew, decided to have a new well drilled, as his old one was repeatedly running dry. When the drilling rig arrived, the driver (“George”) jumped out, holding two wires in his...

Clair Auker

Jesus was “a ram caught in a thicket”! Jesus’ sacrificial, vicarious cross death satisfied the justice of God. This act can set men free from the law of sin and death! Hallelujah!

Before Adam sinned in the Garden, he was not...

Edwin Eby

Another popular sedan rolls off the assembly line. Its shiny paint and gleaming chrome invite you to take a closer look at its many details and qualities. The sedan not only looks sharp but is equipped with every feature you need to...

Kevin Otto

In Daniel 1 we find the story of an exceptional young man. He had been chosen by the king’s own delegate because there was no blemish found in him; he was well favored, skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge. He was chosen out...

Jerald Witmer

“The Power of Pride.” So proclaimed the bumper stickers that popped up around the United States after the September 11 attacks and stuck around for years since. Adorned with an American flag, they appealed to the patriotic fervor that...

Clair Auker

Beep, someone texted; ding, another email to follow up on; ring, someone calling with a question; bleep, an instant message from a friend; waa, the baby cries for our attention; and on and on.… In our busy, fast paced, highly connected...

Llewellyn Martin

Physical wars have dominated history’s attention from the time Cain killed his brother Abel, right down to the present day. This really should be no surprise to us. Jesus told us in Matthew 24:6, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours...

Anthony Kreider

The average price for a gallon of gasoline was $1.19. The President of the United States was Bill Clinton. The twin towers of the World Trade Center stood above the New York City skyline. A new Internet search engine company founded by...

Kirby Witmer

One of the most wonderful revelations of the Bible is that God is our Father. When we think of a father, we think of protection, provision, warmth, and tenderness. Or does the word father paint a different picture for some? God reveals...

Art Nolt

Many of us are richly blessed to have gone to Sunday school since childhood. We expect students to file out to their classes and teachers to take their places, Sunday after Sunday. Is it accomplishing what it should?
Recently, a...

Sherwin Weaver

There is an account of a marathon swimmer that swam across part of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Even though she swam inside a cage to ward off large fish, the crew on the accompanying boat were constantly on the lookout...

Myron Martin

Young Pedro was walking on the way to high school. When he got to the railroad track, the crossing gates were down and a train approaching. He made a run for it. But he had missed his mark by 15 inches. He was struck by the train. The...

Tim Kreider

Parts 1 and 2

What is singing all about? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5 to be “filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving...

David Witmer

Go with me for a few minutes back to our childhoods—to the games we played as children. Remember those games of hide and seek? In the brief time the “it” was counting with his eyes closed, I’d frantically look for a good place to hide,...

Tim Kreider

Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” is a question that has echoed through the corridors of time from the Garden of Eden to the present day. Although perhaps not verbalized, certainly that question was in Eve’s mind when the Serpent said...

Harold Burkholder

If you were to drive to New York City, you would need to cross the Hudson River to get there. The Hudson River separates islands that make up some of New York City from the mainland. Manhattan, for example, is isolated by natural “motes...

Tim Kreider

Maybe we think times are not so prosperous. But if we open our eyes a little and see our standard of living, and if we look around at other countries, we will see that we are living in prosperous times. God is very interested that we...

Jerry Yoder

Blessings are seen through spiritual eyes. A Christian’s perspective is totally different from an unbeliever’s. What a Christian views as a blessing, the unbeliever may view as a curse. In order to see the blessing of outreach, we must...

Jesse Burkholder

Recently I saw a sign that boldly proclaimed that America is a Christian nation. I was not able to figure out the thinking behind that statement. I felt more kinship with Isaiah in chapter 1 verse 4, where he said, “Ah sinful nation, a...

Sim Yoder

What shall I do? We all find ourselves either asking that question or at least pondering it at times. Recently as I was driving down the interstate I saw a sign that read, “West bound lanes closed ahead. All traffic must exit.” I was...

Tim Kreider

Where is everybody going? This seems a timely question in these days of increased running. Everybody is hurrying somewhere. The surge of headlights approaching and the stream of taillights leaving a traffic light remind us of Daniel 12:...

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One of the greatest resources that God has given to the Christian church is old people. Blessed is the congregation that has many of them! The proverb writer tells us that “the hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way...

David Steinhauer

In the Scripture, we have some of the most remarkable events of all history. The things we want to notice are happenings of Noah’s day before the time of universal deluge. There are some things the Lord speaks of in the society of Noah’...

Homer Boll

The wearing of a plain suit coat for men has been a blessing to the Mennonite church for many years. It represents one effort to keep the world’s fashion out of the church and maintain a degree of uniformity. We consider this subject...

Luke B Bennetch

I recently remarked, after a particularly beautiful rain, that it was just what my raspberries needed. One individual who heard my comment asked me a simple question, “Do your raspberries have seeds?” I assume that his question meant...

Jay A Martin

The Christian Day school is a gift from our forefathers. It is a privilege worth defending. We are a generation in the reaping of a concept and sacrifice which we may not have had the forethought or conviction to begin.

We are...

Duane L Witmer

The Israelite nation was in great distress. God had allowed the Midianites to dominate Israel for seven years. But now they had come upon them at the time of sowing with numbers like those of a swarm of grasshoppers and the Israelites...

Stennett Eberly

In the conservative sector of the Mennonite Church one will hear teaching about the seven ordinances. This is in a large degree because the Mennonite church published Daniel Kauffman’s Doctrines of the Bible in 1928, and this doctrinal...

Stephen Ebersole

It was an interesting message for a Sunday evening. The title of the sermon was “Communicating a Burden for the Lost.” The visiting minister had provided a solid scriptural basis for his admonition and had shared a number of interesting...

Jeff Jarmon

The book of 1 Samuel opens with a spiritually dark picture. In Chapter 3 Verse 3, we are told that the Word of the Lord was precious. The Word of the Lord should always be precious to His people, but this is not what this word means in...

Dave Sweigart

They were called the Halbtaeufer or Halfway-Anabaptists. These people sympathized with the Swiss Anabaptists but never left the state churches to join Anabaptist brotherhoods. Some sympathized because they recoiled at the horrific...

David Steinhauer

I. What Is Idolatry?
The word idolatry often brings a mind picture of heathen people bowing down to images of wood and stone. We think of Asia or Africa with their strange gods, of stone, of fire, of weird creatures, and as a...

Luke B Bennetch

“Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions...

Duane L Witmer

The question is sometimes asked, “Can people who have faith in God have this faith tested?” We are confident from Scripture and know by experience that the answer to this question is yes.

The areas of testing will vary with...

Clayton Graybill

More than twenty years ago, I received an unsettling phone call. The caller was a Mennonite minister that I had met earlier during some church meetings. He shared that he had just concluded a conversation with a group of church brethren...

Jeff Jarmon

“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Num 12:3). This is a very strong statement awarded to a man; to be one who wholly relies on God rather than his own strength. Two questions that...

Llewellyn Martin

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous” (1Pe 3:8). This exhortation to us all is the only place in Scripture where the adjective courteous is used. The origin of the...

Michael Newswanger

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you?” What an essential question! We live in a time when our churches are bombarded with all kinds of Christian rhetoric from many quarters. Church leaders, teachers, writers, and...

David Steinhauer

Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” This truth is often applied to human relationships. It certainly applies on the human level, but should we not consider this truth in light of our walk with God? Recently...

Ivan Martin Jr

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that...

Aaron L Martin

Robert is angry. One of the causes for his anger is because he has not learned to accept a “no” from his parents when he was young. His parents were easy going. Robert could pretty well have his way in whatever he set out to do. Now...

Stephen Ebersole

Death is a reality that comes to all people, whether saved or unsaved. It is no respecter of persons, families, age, or race. It often gives us no warning.

Death ends earth-life opportunities. The finality of an eternal...

Luke B Bennetch

Only two passages in the KJV Bible (Php 1:1; 1Tim 3:8-13) contain the word deacon or deacons. However, the Greek word so translated, diakonos, occurs more than thirty times, and is also translated minister and servant. It can mean “an...

Clair Auker

Two young men walked up a hill carrying burdens made of wood. Both were called to sacrifice themselves. Both of them needed to accept the will of their father. And both of these young men gave their lives willingly into their fathers’...

Davy Steinhauer

The weather is cooler, the days are shorter and the garden is dormant. All signs of creation herald the onset of fall and remind us that winter is soon to follow. The sign in front of the store was nestled in some straw bales with...

Jeff Jarmon

In 1890, John F. Funk published the first minister’s manual for the Mennonite church. He defined the office of bishop with the following paragraph: “The bishop or elder in the Mennonite church is simply the minister who has been...

Jay A Martin

From day to day, our lives revolve around the future. We live moment by moment in anticipation of what the morrow may hold. Many of the anticipated events are quite mundane such as meal and work schedules; however, others we may look...

David Sweigart

I bought my first computer over fifteen years ago while teaching Summer Bible School in Minnesota. It came with a confusing assortment of cables and software that left me somewhat overwhelmed. As the Brother who sold me the machine set...

Jeff Jarmon

What is the one most needed thing from a minister of the Gospel?

Many church members and even some ministers believe that one of the noblest qualities in a minister is that he is an effective preacher/speaker. I think we all...

Daniel Ruppert

As Jacob traveled to Egypt with his family, he had no idea what would be the mind set of his posterity when they would travel that same path back towards Canaan. Other instances from the Bible could be cited as similar examples of men...

Sim Yoder

The presence of color in the universe truly is a testimony of the greatness of the Creator. God created the light that we receive from the sun to be a mixture of all the primary colors. The prismatic effect of water droplets separates...

Ronald K Martin

Separation is often viewed in the negative! The purpose of this article is not to soften this subject or somehow present it as something it is not. Rather, the intent is to encourage the reader to consider the basis for this Bible...

James Bair

For most of us, the three-office ministry has been the normal, accepted, and traditional practice of church government. In our congregations, bishop, ministers and deacons, work together in their distinctive roles to lead and guide the...

None selected Jay A Martin

After a classroom discussion about the grace of God; a student felt compelled to gain a better understanding of God’s grace in the life of the Christian believer. This young person wrote a note to Brother Sidney Gingrich asking for his...

Sidney Gingrich

A relatively new phenomenon is sweeping across the political landscape of the united States. It is called the Tea Party Movement. This populist movement emerged to protest the bailouts and the stimulus package that the federal...

None selected David Steinhauer

It is far too easy for us to lose sight of the sovereignty of God when we find ourselves in stressful situations. When God is forgotten we fall prey to temptation to try control the situation by various human means. Deliberate or...

Steve Ebersole

Multiple titles could fit this piece; “The Chain maker With Long ears” or for more orthodoxy, “The Sin of Unrighteous Judgment.”

Jesus came preaching Messianic Kingdom rules. He preached that holiness and authentic Kingdom...

Edwin R Eby

Ever since the Fall of Man, there has been a need for man to repent of his sins. His carnal desires and choices have placed him on a course away from God. In that course, he at times feels bad for the trouble he has brought upon himself...

Ivan Martin Jr

The benefits of revival meetings are realized now, and will extend into eternity. Some of the special benefits that are derived from such meetings are due to the concentration of group efforts, such as special prayer times, invitations...

Sidney Gingrich

We indisputably live in the last days. In fact, as you read these lines, you are living on the oldest day in the history of this earth; for you see, today is older than any other day.

For generations the church of Jesus Christ...

David Steinhauer

Obedience is a Scriptural concept that has been questioned by Satan and carnal men. From the time of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, obedience to God is weighed with other options. “Yea, hath God said?” If God said it, did He...

Ivan Martin Jr

“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Php 2:2-3).

...
Duane L. Witmer

Does it really matter what my neighbors think of me? If I have a right relationship with God and the church, should I be concerned with the perceptions of someone who I hardly know. What is my responsibility? Christ admonished his...

Steve Zook

Restitution is one of the unpopular subjects relating to the Christian life. The modern emphasis of simply accepting Jesus overlooks the need to make any wrongs right. The easy Christianity advocates would like to think that if they...

Ivan Martin Jr

“For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told” (Ps
90:9).
As I reflect on my pilgrimage of 74 years, this verse becomes more and more real to me. Life is
like a story that is...

Harry Neuenschwander

“And to the spirits of just men made perfect” (Heb 12:23). Some time ago these words found in the book of Hebrews caught my attention. As I meditated upon this phrase and began a more in-depth study, I was challenged and inspired in my...

Melvin Faus

Self-denial is not restricted to the religious realms of living. Many people will deny themselves of opportunities and activities for the sake of natural and carnal interests.

The athlete will deny himself of foods which are...

Self-Denial

Death is cold, cruel, and at times even brutal. It seldom touches our families at a time that we feel is convenient or appropriate. sudden deaths or slow, painful deaths are both traumatic. They leave the families feeling devastated....

Earl Ray Hursh

“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints...” (Eph 1:18).

The statement that “we live in changing...

Jeff Jarmon

The virtue of humility is vital to become a Christian and to maintain the Christian life. This virtue was demonstrated by Jesus when He came to earth and during His earthly ministry. He is our best example of this Scriptural concept....

Ivan Martin Jr

Forgiveness is a product of Calvary that restores man’s relationship with God and his fellow men. Those who do not experience forgiveness from God live with guilt. Those who do not extend forgiveness to others develop a bitterness that...

Ivan Martin Jr

Is fatherhood still a subject that needs to be addressed today? While children and fathers exist in the world, it is safe to conclude that the subject remains relevant.

Today as I arrived home, I was welcomed by my eldest son...

David Finley

Children grow up developing various interests and appetites in life. Not all appetites are good appetites. Every Christian parent is concerned that his children will develop spiritual appetites as they grow older. Sad it is when as...

Luke B Bennetch

Cross-bearing seems to be one of those concepts that has many misconceptions. What is the Christian’s cross? Is our cross a personal cross that will differ from the crosses other Christians are called to bear? What is the association of...

Ivan Martin Jr

One of the characteristics of our day is the lack of contentment. It is more than our American culture that influences us to be discontented. Our carnal nature is restless and discontented. We desire to be someone we are not and seek to...

Ivan Martin Jr

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1Jo 1:9). But what does it mean to confess our sins? When is a confession accepted by God? What are the ingredients to a...

Ivan Martin Jr

Many questions are raised in relation to the subject of authority, such as, who has the final authority? How much of church life do leaders decide? Does the membership have anything to say? How binding are the Decrees for to Keep? Is...

Paul Freed

The words are heard from meetinghouse pulpits, the same words appear in devotional literature. “as we go through this life…” Often, these words are used to preface the thoughts that will quickly follow. A speaker may use these words to...

Jeff Jarmon

The Martyr’s Mirror as we have it is a history book first published in the Dutch language. The book contains chronicles, memorials and testimonies of Christians persecuted for their faith in Jesus. The aim of the book was to preserve in...

Edwin R Eby

Johnny pulls his shoes on reluctantly as mother encourages him to hurry or the school van will have to wait on him. “I can’t stand school this year,” he offers with a sigh.

“Oh Johnny, next year you will have Brother Mast for...

Luke B Bennetch

No other story of Anabaptist martyrs seems to capture more notice in Mennonite minds than the account of Dirk Willems. Dirk was born at Asperen, Rotterdam, (The Netherlands). Historians record that Dirk was re-baptized upon confession...

Edwin R Eby

…it was quoted by a Protestant missionary, commenting to my dad on the problem of thievery…

“I used to own a junkyard in South Carolina, and thieves would come almost every month stealing parts off the cars. I’d go out and it...

Loren Ebersole

The Church of Jesus is a living organism with many parts contributing to the whole body. 1 Corinthians 12:12 says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also...

Luke B Bennetch

Menno Simons was an Anabaptist religious leader in Freisland. Today this area is a province of The Netherlands. Menno was an influential leader of the Anabaptist movement but he did not found the Mennonite Church. The Anabaptist...

None selected Edwin R Eby

Michael Sattler was an early Anabaptist martyr. He was born in Stauffen, Germany about 1490. Michael entered the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter’s near Freiberg, Germany where he probably became its prior. During the 1520’s, Michael...

Edwin R Eby

As a young boy, I can remember the day my father declared I was old enough to cut the grass with the riding lawn mower. I could hardly wait for the grass to grow tall enough to cut. When the day arrived, I filled the tank on the mower...

Jeff Jarmon

As we reflect on the birth of christ, we are touched by the fact that there was no room for Jesus in the inn. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no...

Marlin Freed

Can the Christian pitch his tent toward Sodom? Have you ever heard of a person who “had one foot in the church and the other in the world”? This is, of course, not really possible, but pitching our tents toward Sodom is, like Lot,...

Samuel Carpenter

In Psalm 19, we see God in three ways. We see Him in creation, in His Word, and His work in our everyday life.

In God’s creation, we see fantastic displays of His greatness and power. We have the sun, moon, and stars that set...

Marvin Rosenberry

Trials. Tribulations. Temptations. Disappointments. Heartaches. Grief. Valleys. We are all acquainted with these things. We cannot avoid them. They come to all ages and groups of people. If you are a parent, chances are good that you...

Roy Hartzler

Thanksgiving Day as known to North America is a harvest festival. As celebrated in the United States and Canada, it is traditionally a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude.

The date and location of the...

Edwin R Eby

Truth is urgent. Urgency in passionately preaching the truth is urgent. Jesus urgently and passionately taught the will of His Father in Heaven though it cost His life. Paul urgently and passionately declared the whole counsel of God...

Edwin R Eby

Criticism and compliment are opposite. Criticism is disfavor toward. Compliment is favor toward. Neither is innately amoral. Both potentially stem from attitudes of love or hate. Both can bless or curse—the implications heavily...

Edwin R Eby

Daniel was not at home. Daniel lived imprisoned in land that was not his choice. It was the king of Babylon’s country. It was a rich land indeed— the wealthiest of the age—the most powerful of all earth kingdoms, but it was not Daniel’s...

Edwin R Eby

The following is correspondence by a brother from the Pensacola, FL congregation to his uncle who believes in unconditional eternal security. It depicts the deceptive consequences of unsound doctrine afloat in today’s religious world....

Ed Brunet

The apostle Paul recognized that he would soon leave this earthly life when he wrote to Timothy, “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.” He clearly...

Jeff Jarmon

In the first book of the Bible we read in Gen 1:31-2:1, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and be-hold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all...

David Finley

“And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country....

Stephen Ebersole

In the above verse that serves as the title, God is addressing Job. His question, along with more than three score like it, includes speaking of the Behemoth, a herbivore with a tail like a cedar. He also mentions a sea creature, the...

David Finley

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there...

None selected Jeff Jarmon

The doctrine of sanctification is often misunderstood and neglected in our day. If we want to be called children of God, we must be sanctified and have the process of sanctification continuing in our lives. Without sanctification, no...

Luke B Bennetch

They say Easter is a symbol of new things.

Folks seem to take extreme pleasure in new things—new cars, new houses, new tools, new machinery, new clothes, new books—new, new, new. There is no end of “new stuff” of carnal value...

Edwin R Eby

In recent years, I repeatedly hear a common confession expressed in our conservative churches. Sometimes it is acknowledged in a council meeting, revival meeting, a public testimony, or in personal interviews. In a few occasions, having...

Jay A Martin

Romans 12 is one of the many rich passages of Scripture recorded in God’s Word. This chapter begins with the practical outworking of the great plan of salvation and ends with chapter 16. This chapter presents one of the finest summaries...

Marvin Rosenberry

Nature shows us clearly that living things reproduce themselves. This process generally produces a baby that is feeble and needs nurture from its parent. The “Living Christian Faith” will also reproduce itself and this will result in “...

Luke B Bennetch

“In the beginning, God created”— these five words form the premise of the entire scriptural narrative. They explain foundational truths that we hold as self-evident and infallible.

If we were to ask Gabriel concerning the...

David Finley

Five pillars of reformation era theology influenced our forefathers. 1) sola scriptura (Scripture alone), 2) sola fide (faith alone), 3) sola gratia (grace alone), 4) solus Christus (Christ alone), and 5) sola Deo Gloria (glory to God...

Edwin R Eby

Because gas is cheap and we are rich, we are able to pursue many possibilities in life. These possibilities open the gates for hobbies, special interests or just plain indulgence of legitimate functions such as work.

But not...

Duane L Witmer

Psalm 23 may well be the best-known Psalm today and yet it may hold many deeper concepts that are missed by people who have not been a shepherd or never owned sheep. I first came to recognize the deeper meaning in Psalm 23 when asked to...

None selected Nelson Yoder

Don’t let the title fool you. I’m not opposed to Creation Science. The Bible is filled from front to back with references to the natural world. We marvel at how scientific discoveries confirm truths that have been in the Bible for...

None selected Ryan Jarmon

Tools are such an integral part of life that we would be incapacitated without them. How would you brush your teeth without a toothbrush? (use a twig, huh?) A mechanic can’t loosen a tight nut with bare hands. It would be impossible to...

Loren Ebersole

We read in the Bible, “No murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

What can that mean? Does this even have an application? I am not a murderer; I’m not even tempted to be one. No one I know carries sinister thoughts of...

Steve Ebersole

Psalm 23 may well be the best-known Psalm today and yet it may hold many deeper concepts that are missed by people who have not been a shepherd or never owned sheep. I first came to recognize the deeper meaning in Psalm 23 when asked to...

Nelson Yoder

All of us are faced with the challenge of living out the Christian life. Probably all of us have seen at some point people whose lives did not match up with how they talked. And likely all of us have come to a realization that in our...

Keith Gingerich

Oppositional defiant disorder. This is a newly diagnosed disorder, defined by experts in psychology as existing among children. It is characterized by negative, defiant, disobedient, and hostile behavior toward adults and authority...

Steve Ebersole

Another school year is upon us. Teachers have made preparations. parents have completed back-to school shopping. The school board can relax because teacher needs have been filled. But is this what makes a good school year?

...

Ivan Martin Jr

The purpose of auditing church funds differs from the auditing of business funds. Whereas specially trained auditors are required by the world’s organizations to detect fraud and mismanagement of funds, brethren of our congregations can...

Galen Martin

I just returned from my first trip to visit the Honduras mission. It was a short but sweet journey of five days. I had been to El Progresso and Barracoa in 1999 to help build houses after Hurricane Mitch, but never to Siguatepeque or El...

Duane L Witmer

The Judicial System of the United States and its method of trial by jury is a vital asset for the protection of justice and freedom to its citizenry. While Christians look on this system and conclude that it is both good and...

Antony Weaver

Every day, millions of well-fed individuals sit down to enjoy another hearty meal. How many of them consider the retailer, distributor, packer, processor, or shipper back through the food chain links that connect the plate to the farmer...

Clair Auker

Noah was in his 600th year, when torrential precipitation burst from the skies and erupting waters from deep in the earth began purging the rampant, contiguous, human corruption of the day. Sinners had been sinning blatantly, evidently...

Edwin R Eby

It is no secret. We live in a busy age. Even secular articles address it. I was reading an article where the author was concerned with the amount of distractions people are willing to involve themselves in while driving. These...

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Wisdom is knowledge and good judgment based on experience. James tells us in Chapter 3 of his epistle that there are two different kinds of wisdom earthly and heavenly. Earthly wisdom is judgment based solely on the immediate and...

None selected Samuel Carpenter

God has designed many places of responsibility, then He placed men in those roles. As men, we can have a distorted view of the office and the man in the office. Which should receive the greater respect? Which brings the honor to the...

Ivan Martin Jr.

"I am not worthy..." What a humiliating thought! This little phrase is degrading to self-esteem, the element so necessary for success to the natural man. Move on, self urges, you don't need that to stifle your potential.

But...

Stephen Ebersole

It was May 9, 2008, and I was delivering mulch into Western Cor rectional Institute, a State minimum and maximum-security prison facility in Allegheny County, Maryland. This prison houses approximately 3,000 inmates and covers an area...

Donald Eby

Does God repent? According to some Scriptures (such as num.23:19; 1Sam.15:29), the answer is, "no, God does not repent." Other Scriptures (such as Gen.6:6; 1Sam.15:11,35) tell us, "Yes, God does repent."

How shall we reconcile...

A Clair Auker

They rise high above the treetops. They emit an electronic glare that brightens the night sky. Their daily message changes even slightly and we take notice. We anxiously share our thoughts concerning recent sightings and give attention...

J J Jarmon

Peter had a friend named Simon who lived in the city of Samaria. Simon was quite wealthy but Peter was poor—that is by tangible criterion. Peter didn't mind.

With great power, Peter's partner had preached the Words of God in...

Edwin R Eby

"Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" (Ex 20:12). Paul in Ephesians 6:2 identifies this instruction as being the first commandment with promise, but all of us know...

Ronald K Martin

Jesus had a friend named Simon. Jesus loved Simon. Jesus loved Simon in exactly the same manner as He loves all people, and just as fervently too. What Simon obviously misunderstood was that he was a sinner, but that Jesus was not. Deep...

Edwin R Eby

PREFACE
The Mennonite church is today confronted with the question. Shall simplicity of dress be maintained? In the final test only one foundation is strong enough to guarantee the perpetuation of this distinctive Christian...

None selected John C Wenger

Have you ever experienced a bad storm where trees fell across the electric wires and tore them apart putting your place or others "out of connection" with the power source? Or have you ever turned the key to start a piece of equipment...

Daniel K Carpenter

"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" (Col 1:10).

We all enjoy some fruit in our diets and what it does for us in the way of...

Robert Burkholder

This question some times may seem hard to answer, but the bible has clear direction for us on this issue. Let's look at the first ordination recorded in the New Testament in Acts 1.

First, I see 7 qualifications for the...

Melvin B Witmer

"And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the Church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things, He might have the preeminence" (Col 1:18). So what is meant by preeminence? Strong's Greek dictionary says the...

Clair Burkholder

Is it safe to follow Jesus' example? Is it safe to feel like Jesus did about issues? Is it safe to believe Jesus' words? A resounding "Yes" to all three is the correct answer.

"Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual...

Larry Halteman

Anabaptists in the Reformation were often called "the radicals." They took an active stand to call the church back to the Bible. They went forth witnessing and preaching to everyone they could. When called into question about their...

Luke B Bennetch

Over the years, the conservative churches in general have taken a stand against various forms of substance abuse. Section 4 in Article VI, Christian and Self Denial, in our Decrees for to Keep is titled "Tobacco, Alcohol, &...

Ronald K Martin

The Postponed Kingdom of Christ(?)

Advocates of Postponement theology believe that “When Christ appeared to Jewish people the next thing in the order of revelation, as it then stood, should have been the setting up of the...

Aaron M Shank

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Wrongly dividing the Scripture, misapplying the Scripture, and emphasizing partial truths...

Aaron M Shank

Editors Note: This article is an extended series written to aid one in the study of the Bible. "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptavble, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. But the Word of the...

David Steinhauer

What does God communicate though the Bible? Two major themes woven intrinsically throughout the Bible give a plausible answer.
One, the Bible attests to Jehovah's efforts to restore lost relationships with mankind. The story...

Edwin R Eby

What is forgiveness? Forgiveness is a canceled note, a paid debt, a bridge burned. Forgiveness is the deliberate decision to take a debt and chalk it up as not owing to the account. Forgiveness is an open acceptance of the wrong done...

Samuel Carpenter

In our secular lives we appreciate activities and projects which are profitable. Things that are not profitable are a waste of time, talent, and resources.
In our spiritual lives, God would have us to know that reading and...

John David Witmer

Tonight, I am missing the evening service. There are sick children at our house. My wife could have stayed home with them and I could have gone; but she stayed home this morning while I went to church.
Sick children are not fun....

Duane L. Witmer

One can hardly think that one little gray fox (red, yellow, and stripped ones too), could hold such incredible potential for righteousness and at the same moment such violent dreadful vice. What was less than twenty short years past an...

Edwin R Eby

From the beginning of time, faithful believers have looked forward to the future when the trials and the stresses of the present age pass, and entry into the eternal state becomes reality. Revelation 21 and 22 are not only a dramatic...

David Sweigart

The freedom to operate our own schools is but one of the tremendous blessings we experience. As a result of God’s blessing on the hard work of faithful personnel, our schools produce results that the public school system can only dream...

Ronald K Martin

Sir William Ladybug sailed through Staten Christian Day School classroom window one bright April morning. With difficulty he extracted himself from the fish tank before the whales and other denizens of that deep consumed him. Launching...

Samuel D. Coon

An already successful business owner in his mid sixties informed his sales people one morning that he had just discovered a business principle, that no doubt would have been the catalyst to greater financial returns had he discovered it...

Edwin R Eby

As Bacchus cast the die, he watched with hope and anticipation. Will he win the eight denarii wagered or will he lose? As the die begins to fall, he remembers the day of his first win. His heart sinks as he realizes the dice have not...

David Finley

Herod the Great is likely one of the Bible's worst characters. Aside from his impressive architectural works for which he is justly famous, he is remembered as a self-seeking despot. His reign began with acts of great care and...

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Christians seem increasingly worried these days. Quarreling and bickering in the churches appear on the increase. Doctoring for depression and emotional health are rising significantly. Peace and joy seem obviously absent in the lives...

John D Risser

Prophecy is man's thing, not God's thing. Prophecy is the English word by which man attempts to understand what God already is by eternal attribute. History then is man's view of Sovereign events and solely determined by where a man...

Edwin Eby

Since the creation of man, the desire of God has always been to have a relationship with man. He placed the desire for relationship and fellowship within man. When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden, He walked and talked with them in...

Stanley R. Martin

The English language is constantly changing. New words are being added; many are for new inventions or processes. Modem, email, ecotourism, and zipper have entered our language in the recent past as words are formulated to keep pace...

Ronald K Martin

The burden of this article is that we would know what it means to be Spirit-filled. It is imperative as a New Testament Church of Jesus Christ that we have youth, middle age, and older people who have their lives under the control of...

Sherwin Brougher

Planted in each human is an accountable, sovereign will of the mind. By this, man constantly wills either to live his life as a lone entity, or voluntarily assign his will over to God's Sovereign will. The New Testament teaches that man...

Edwin Eby

Commonly, when we meet someone we have not seen for awhile, we are asked the question, "How have you been?" At times we respond to this question by saying, "God has certainly blessed us." We then proceed to enumerate our "blessings."...

Ronald K Martin

Recently, I had the privilege of flying with United Airlines out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In transit and out of curiosity, I began to read the in-flight magazine provided in the seat pocket. An article concerning Mardi Gras caught my...

David Finley

"But God " these two words have great meaning. The word "but" in this verse is defined in Strong's as, "nevertheless" or "therefore." We can assume then that God here is holding out another chance or option. Another option from what?...

Samuel Carpenter

One feature of First Term Bible School this year has been the many questions that were asked. The desire of young people to know what the Bible says and its association with why we live the way we do is an honorable characteristic of...

Ivan Martin Jr

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek...

David Finley

One of the cardinal doctrines of the Bible is need for submission to God-ordained authority. Christian parents seek to train their children to obey without question. Their children are required to memorize Ephesians 6:1 "Children, obey...

Ronald Martin

Some time ago while visiting at one of our churches, I heard a brother say, "I'm enjoying my church fellowship more than I ever did in my lifetime." I replied, "And what are we going to do to keep it that way?"

We always have...

Aaron Shank

Merriam-Webster Colligate Dictionary defines politics as the following:1 a: the art or science of government. b: the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing government policy. c: the art or science concerned with winning or...

Edwin R Eby

"He Never Forgets"

Nay, nay, do not tell me that God does not hear me, I know He is high over all,
But I know just as well that He ever is near me, He surely will answer my call.

He shows not His face for its glory...

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The Scriptures often use word pictures to help us understand the fullness of Spiritual realities. But since we do not live in the land of the Bible or the times of its writing, we may at times miss the impact of some of these...

Stephen Ebersole

Voluntary service is a relatively new concept in the history of man. In many cultures, it is still more or less unknown. It is an aspect of living known only to cultures operating outside the bounds of survival mode.

Most...

Duane Witmer

First patented in 1884 by Paul Nipkow in Germany, the television has become the most sought out form of medium the world over, challenged only by the recent development of the Internet. With this in mind, I asked myself the question how...

David Finley

To be a Christian is to be at peace with God, by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ! Ro 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

To be a Christian is simply defined, to be a...

Tim Martin

Deeply moved by a statement regarding the seriousness of hell made by his great-uncle, Philip King composed this graphic portrayal of the condition of a lost soul in eternity.

The man knows that it will not be long now....

Philip J. King

In 2004, a car accident critically injured 6-year-old Alex Malarkey. After two months he emerged from a coma, permanently paralyzed but with stories of out-of-body experiences and several trips to heaven. A few years later, in 2010, a...

Clair Auker

There is an account of a marathon swimmer that swam across part of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Even though she swam inside a cage to ward off large fish, the crew on the accompanying boat were constantly on the lookout...

Myron Martin

In our society Christmas is a time of joy, sharing, and family togetherness. It is also a time of overspending, overeating, and frivolity that cater to our sensual cultural appetite.

The reason for the season is Jesus...

Joe Weaver

“Oh, for some good church life!”

I suppose the restlessness we see in church members today as they seek better church life elsewhere is not a new thing. The grass on the other side of the fence has always been appealing....

Vernon J. Martin

The Halloween holiday and season represent an ancient European variant, All-Hallows’-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows’ Day.

All-Hallows’-Even probably dates to ancient Celtic festivals celebrating the end...

Edwin Eby

We hear a great deal about the sin of David, but seldom does anyone mention the sin of Bathsheba. And it is true enough that David’s sin was very great, and Bathsheba’s very small. David’s sin was deliberate and presumptuous, Bathsheba’...

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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Ge 1:27)

One of the predominate drives that motivates the actions of mankind is the tension of male/female attraction....

Steve Ebersole

Let us picture an imaginary scene. You are along with your congregation witnessing in downtown Bluffton, and you encounter a middle aged woman. She has an interest in a better way of life, and is drawn to the simple lifestyle expressed...

Steve Ebersole

It is the desire of this writer to thoroughly and fairly look at what God has to teach us about the subject of divorce, remarriage, and reconciliation through an examination of the Holy Scriptures. I ask my readers to compare the...

Ronald Martin

In this article, the late Brother Aaron Shank explores the Bible's teaching on divorce and remarriage and why we understand the Bible to teach that people who have been divorced and remarried and have a former partner living need to...

Aaron Shank

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou...

Justin Ebersole

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